Daejeon Hana Citizen will travel to Incheon for the second time this season to avenge their last matchup.
Daejeon Hana Citizen will host Incheon United in the 23rd round of the Hana One Q K League 1 2023 at the Incheon Football Stadium at 8 p.m. on April 16. Daejeon is currently in sixth place in the league (30 points) with seven wins, nine draws and six losses in 22 matches.
Daejeon drew 2-2 with Jeonbuk Hyundai in the last round. In that match, Daejeon conceded an early goal in the first half. However, they didn’t give up until the end and pushed hard for a goal. In the 30th minute of the second half, their efforts finally paid off. Goalkeeper Lee Chang-geun’s kick was headed into the box, and Thiago flicked the ball away with his head. Kim In-gyun didn’t miss it and scored the equalizer.
It wasn’t the end of the game. Daejeon didn’t falter when Yoo Kang-hyun’s goal was called off for an offside penalty in the 42nd minute of the second half, and scored the winner in the first minute of second-half stoppage time. Kim In-gyun sent in a ground ball cross from the left side, which Shin Sang-i lightly slotted home. However, Daejeon conceded the equalizer just before the end of the match and took the point.
The game against Jeonbuk showed the players’ will to win. Now they just need to translate that into a win. Daejeon is currently winless in five consecutive league matches. Since their 2-1 win over Gangwon in early June, they have drawn with Gwangju FC (1-1), Jeju United (1-1), FC Seoul (0-0), Suwon Samsung (2-2), and failed to win against Jeonbuk. It’s positive that they’re not losing and still have a shot at the top of the table. However, they need a win to make a definitive move up.
The motivation is strong. Daejeon has faced Incheon twice this season, drawing 1-1. The first meeting was a 3-3 draw away in the second round. Daejeon conceded an early goal, but Thiago equalized in the 19th minute. They then traded goals with Incheon before Kim In-gyun’s dramatic 43rd-minute equalizer secured a point.
In the second round robin, the team lost 1-3 at home. The players are eager to bounce back. Also, Daejeon is currently three points ahead of Incheon. A win in this match would give them a chance to widen the gap and catch up to Incheon.
The key player for this is Yoo Kang-hyun. 안전놀이터 Yoo joined Daejeon ahead of this season. Yoo, who made his K League debut with the Pohang Steelers in 2015, is a solidly built player at 186 cm-78 kg who can provide steady ball possession from the front line while also possessing a sharp one-two punch. Since leaving Pohang, Yoo has played for Daegu FC, FC Slovac, FC Slovan Liberec (Czech Republic), and Gyeongnam FC. Last season, he played for Chungnam Asan, where he scored 19 goals in 40 games and was the top scorer in the K League 2.
Yoo has yet to find the back of the net in the league in a Daejeon jersey. However, he’s been on a roll lately. After picking up an assist in Suwon last weekend, assisting on Kim In-gyun’s goal, Yoo scored a goal against Jeonbuk in the